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repentance
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition the feeling or expression of regret for having done something wrong with a firm decision to be a better person in the future
  • It behoves you; therefore, to exhort her to repentance and to confession, as a proof and consequence thereof.
    Chapter 3 -- The Recognition (65% in)
  • I know not whether these ancestors of mine bethought themselves to repent, and ask pardon of Heaven for their cruelties; or whether they are now groaning under the heavy consequences of them in another state of being.
    Introductory (16% in)
  • It is a pious consolation to me that, through my interference, a sufficient space was allowed them for repentance of the evil and corrupt practices into which, as a matter of course, every Custom-House officer must be supposed to fall.
    Introductory (25% in)
  • That, and thy repentance, may avail to take the scarlet letter off thy breast.
    Chapter 3 -- The Recognition (87% in)
  • To make himself the one trusted friend, to whom should be confided all the fear, the remorse, the agony, the ineffectual repentance, the backward rush of sinful thoughts, expelled in vain!
    Chapter 11 -- The Interior of a Heart (5% in)
  • This feeble and most sensitive of spirits could do neither, yet continually did one thing or another, which intertwined, in the same inextricable knot, the agony of heaven-defying guilt and vain repentance.
    Chapter 12 -- The Minister's Vigil (11% in)
  • She deemed it her crime most to be repented of, that she had ever endured and reciprocated the lukewarm grasp of his hand, and had suffered the smile of her lips and eyes to mingle and melt into his own.
    Chapter 15 -- Hester and Pearl (19% in)
  • Had seven long years, under the torture of the scarlet letter, inflicted so much of misery and wrought out no repentance?
    Chapter 15 -- Hester and Pearl (28% in)
  • You have deeply and sorely repented.
    Chapter 17 -- The Pastor and his Parishioner (26% in)
  • Why shouldst thou tarry so much as one other day in the torments that have so gnawed into thy life? that have made thee feeble to will and to do? that will leave thee powerless even to repent?
    Chapter 17 -- The Pastor and his Parishioner (97% in)
  • A partridge, indeed, with a brood of ten behind her, ran forward threateningly, but soon repented of her fierceness, and clucked to her young ones not to be afraid.
    Chapter 18 -- A Flood of Sunshine (86% in)
  • Partly supported by Hester Prynne, and holding one hand of little Pearl's, the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale turned to the dignified and venerable rulers; to the holy ministers, who were his brethren; to the people, whose great heart was thoroughly appalled yet overflowing with tearful sympathy, as knowing that some deep life-matter—which, if full of sin, was full of anguish and repentance likewise—was now to be laid open to them.
    Chapter 23 -- The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter (69% in)

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